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The relevance of Intellectual Property (IP) Law in our society has increased dramatically over the last several years. Globalization, digitization, and the rise of post-industrial information-based industries have all contributed to a new prominence of IP Law as one of the most important factors in driving innovation and economic development. At the same time, the significant expansion of IP rules has impacted many areas of public policy such as public health, the environment, biodiversity, agriculture, and information, in an unprecedented manner. No longer relegated to a cohort of few specialized experts, IP Law is now at the front and centre of public policy, and IP-related news are regularly featured in mainstream media. IP-related issues have long entered the popular discourse and are omnipresent in every sector of the economy and our lives.

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Irene Calboli & Maria Lillà Montagnani

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Handbook of Intellectual Property Research: Lenses, Methods, and Perspectives

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